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Is Affirmative Action Finished?
The Atlantic  - Dec 10, 2015
“If this Court rules that the University of Texas can’t consider race, or if it rules that universities that consider race have to die a death of a thousand cuts for doing so, we know exactly what’s going to happen,” Gregory Garre, the lawyer for the University of Texas, told the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday....
The Lie About College Diversity
TheNew York Times OpEd  - Dec 13, 2015
THE Supreme Court listened anew last week to arguments about affirmative action in higher education, and we heard yet again about the push by colleges to assemble diverse student bodies. That’s a crucial effort....
The 2015 Higher Education Top Ten List (Part 1)
Washinton Monthly  - Dec 15, 2015
Although higher education has a partially deserved reputation for being extremely slow to change, quite a bit happened in the higher education world in 2015. Below is the first half of my top ten list of most important or influential higher education events that took place in the last year, with the second half coming out tomorrow....
The 2015 Higher Education Top Ten List (Part 2)
Washinton Monthly  - Dec 15, 2015
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

College Admissions: Why GPA’s Lie
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Dec 11, 2015
Every year, we hear the sad stories of students with seemingly high GPAs who were rejected from most of their colleges. While SAT/ACT scores and extra-curriculars may tell part of the story, one of the biggest reasons is GPA.....
Need Options? Consider Colleges That Change Lives
Forbes  - Dec 15, 2015
If you or someone you love is looking for great places to apply, Colleges That Change Lives (www.ctcl.org) might include institutions that could be the right fit, especially for those seeking more personal experiences with challenging academics in undergraduate environments that are more collaborative than competitive....
It's beginning to look a lot like college applications
Spokane College Examiner  - Dec 14, 2015
In what has become a holiday tradition for me, I composed this ode to the college admissions and high school counselors who work so hard this time of year with students in the college application process. It has been adapted from the song “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” ...
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7 Ways to Stay Calm When Waiting for College Decisions
Her Campus  - Dec 15, 2015
You do a ton of work applying to college— prepping for the SAT, gathering all of your application materials and writing the perfect college admissions essay—so it’s only natural for you to be anxious to hear back as soon as you send it all in, right? ...
Early Decision and Buyer’s Remorse
Palo Alto Online  - Dec 15, 2015
Today is the day most Early Decision decisions are announced. While there will be a very large group of unhappy students who didn’t get into their dream school, there will be a smaller but equally forlorn group of students who did get into their dream school and are having buyer’s remorse ...
Archives - Early
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Best College Value Rankings
Kiplinger's Personal Finance - Dec 16, 2015
We name the 300 best values among public and private schools, based on quality and affordability. When it comes to finding the right college for your child and the best value for your family, figuring out which schools deserve a closer look can be half the battle. With so many variables to consider, it's crucial to start your search with a healthy array of options...
Finding the right college for you: No thank you, U.S. News’ rankings
Los Angeles Times - Dec 15, 2015
Princeton, Harvard, Yale—these three colleges will be getting even more recognition this upcoming year due to the release of the U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 list of best colleges. With college application season ...
Archives - Rankings
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Dec 17, 2015
An Ivy League Dropout Due to Jeans, Not Genes
My first school counseling job was in a rural town, far away from the major city where I was born and the suburbs where I finished high school. More

Silicon Valley’s College-Consultant Industry
The Atlantic  - Dec 9, 2015
For a price, these services help high-school students find summer internships, refine their essays, and prepare for the application process. But is it worth all the effort and stress?..
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10 Pieces of Advice I Gave My College-Bound Daughter
TeenLife Blog  - Dec 14, 2015
When my daughter left for college she had just barely turned 18. Not only was she young, but she was attending a college more than 2,000 miles away from home. I was afraid for her – very afraid...
College Etiquette Tips for Helicopter Parents… from 1925
TIME  - Dec 11, 2015
A 90-year-old etiquette guide describes an eerily familiar phenomenon. Today’s college administrators may think of helicopter parents as a recent nuisance. But it turns out they’re hardly a new phenomenon on campus....
Parents, beware the cost of over-helping your kids
PBS.org - NewsHour  - Dec 14, 2015
JUDY WOODRUFF: Now we return to another one of our NewsHour essays. Tonight, Julie Lythcott-Haims, a former Stanford University undergraduate dean and author of the book “How to Raise an Adult,” shares ideas on her belief that the job of parents is to put themselves out of work....
College Corner: College Loans For Parents
CapeNews  - Dec 11, 2015
As promised last week, I will reveal today which college loan is the best one for parents. The phrase “best one,” though, must be defined. My definition of the best college loan for parents is the one that costs you the least. Therefore, the Federal Student Ford Loans (see last week’s column) ...
Saving On College Costs: The Biggest Year-end Factor
Forbes  - Dec 11, 2015
I’m talking to a lot of nervous parents lately as the year winds down. Will their children get into the best college? Will it be a good fit? How much will it cost?...
Archives - Parents
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PSAT scores delayed as College Board drops the ball—again
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Dec 14, 2015
In the first real test of the new suite of standardized assessments the College Board hopes to sell to school systems, colleges and college applicants, bugs in score reports are resulting in delays in providing the first new PSAT score results to students....
Top myths about retaking standardized tests
Tutoring Examiner  - Dec 14, 2015
Taking the ACT, SAT, or any other standardized test is stressful. This is one reason why many students shudder at the thought of sitting for a standardized exam again. However, if you do not initially earn the score you need, retaking a standardized test may be unavoidable...
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Tips college financial aid specialists want students to know
USA Today College  - Dec 15, 2015
After working with thousands of students, financial aid experts have seen some common mistakes throughout the years. Their insights can help you make smarter financial moves, whether you’re just starting school or you’ve been in college for a few years....
Countdown to College: Beware of upcoming changes in financial aid
Charlotte Observer  - Dec 11, 2015
Big changes are afoot for the form nearly every college-bound family should fill out – the FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid....
How To Get Help With the FAFSA
The College Solution Blog  - Dec 11, 2015
The FAFSA season begins January 1. That’s the date when families can begin filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for the 2016-2017 school year. Parents need to complete the FAFSA or their children won’t be eligible for federal or state aid. ...
Talk to Admission Counselors to Maximize College Merit Financial Aid
US News  - Dec 10, 2015
Scholarships can come from a variety of organizations and businesses, but merit aid scholarships come directly from a college. These sorts of scholarships are offered to students based on their accomplishments in academics, athletics, the arts or other areas where they have excelled....
4 Scholarship Myths That Lead to Student Loans (And How to Overcome Them)
Huffington Post  - Dec 16, 2015
Paying for college is only getting more and more challenging over time. With tuition and costs increasing at a rate much higher than inflation, it's nearly impossible for families to be able to afford it on their own - especially with multiple students....
Archives - FinAid
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Counselor: Students entering workforce need post-secondary prep too
Atlanta Journal Constitution - Dec 11, 2015
Students who don’t want to go to college should get the same focus in high school as those who are college-bound, says Sheryl Neely, an Atlanta high school counselor and winner of the national Association for Career and Technical Education Career Guidance Award.....
Closing the Skills Gap One Apprentice at a Time
IndustryWeek - Dec 14, 2015
Jeremy Diebel, a manager at MTU America, grew up in a Detroit neighborhood “where on every corner there was a machine shop.” His father worked for the Big Three auto companies. Manufacturing employment was a norm. That wasn’t the case in Aiken, S.C., where MTU in 2010 decided to open a plant to produce diesel engines. ...
Archives - CTE
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Student Athletes

Recruiting Column: Making sense of your college options
USA Today HSS - Dec 16, 2015
If you don’t know your college options, you really don’t have any college options. That is why for most high school athletes, identifying realistic scholarship opportunities is the most difficult part of college recruiting...
Unveiling the Myths of Division III Sports and Recruiting
Inklings News - Dec 15, 2015
Recruiting trips are only for Division I recruits -- This is a common misconception because Division I is the only division that is allowed to pay for an athlete’s transportation to a recruiting trip....
Recruiting Tip: Highlights of a year-by-year recruiting checklist
USA Today HSS - Dec 14, 2015
Athletes interested in playing a sport in college should approach recruiting as a four-year process. Here are the highlights of our year-by-year Recruiting Checklist:..
Archives - Student Athletes
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This University Is Letting Out-of-State Students Pay In-State Tuition Prices
TIME  - Dec 15, 2015
If you’re a high school student in the Northeast or mid-Atlantic region, you just got one more option for affordable colleges. The University of Maine, in Orono (just north of Bangor), has announced that it will begin allowing non-Mainers to enroll and pay special in-state tuition rates. The offer represents an enormous discount for students who qualify....
For most students, college is just a laundry load from home
Boston Globe  - Dec 15, 2015
So much for fleeing the harsh Northeast winters. When it’s time for college-bound students from Massachusetts to head out on their own, most are staying within a few hours from mom and dad, home-cooked meals, and the laundry machine....
University System of Maryland could save $360M annually if students graduate quicker
Baltimore Business Journal  - Dec 10, 2015
University System of Maryland Chancellor Bob Caret wants to cut down the average student's graduation rate by a semester. Caret said it currently takes the average undergraduate student at one of USM's 12 public schools 4.5 years to receive a bachelor's degree. He'd like to see that number decline to four....
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Unique approach to fighting bullying
Chicago Tribune  - Dec 11, 2015
Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. That sing-song ditty may have been considered a clever response to bullies hurling insults on the school playground for generations, but factual it's not....
Here’s How to Ignore the Mean Girls and Overcome Being Bullied
Teen Vogue  - Dec 15, 2015
We love Mean Girls, but girl drama is nothing to joke about when it’s happening to you in real life. Rampant especially in middle and high school, clique-driven bullying ...
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